I recently sampled a new premium SUV which was touted as being an ëavant-gardeí alternative to the mainstream German and Swedish opposition. You could tell from the carís various design cues that its maker was trying really hard to stand out from the crowd. If you liked a quirky approach to instrument and switchgear design, then youíd feel right at home. Me? I was really happy to return to ëmyí 3008 after a long day of battling with Parisian traffic.
Hereís the thing, after applying a bit of man maths, the 3008 worked out around £15,000 cheaper than this avant-garde wonder. The slightly smaller Peugeot lacked most of the other carís chrome trappings too, which pleased me greatly, as Iím not a great advocate of bling. In truth, with the 3008ís cabin, Peugeotís designers have managed to balance typically Gallic design flair with the need for a measured approach that fosters wide acceptance among buyers.
After thousands of miles it would be easy to accuse me of being overly familiar with the 3008ís good points. In reality, I drive a wide variety of cars and recognise that even the 3008 isnít perfect. On balance it gets most things right, which is no easy feat when you consider how increasingly demanding the average buyer has become. Yes, the mid-sized SUV is becoming the new family hatchback for the 21st century. But with this growth in size has come responsibilities; you still need to be able to park the darn thing in a crowded supermarket car park, and it would be nice if it didnít consume fuel at the same rate as an early 2000s hatchback.
The 3008 continues to deliver on both those counts. Itís that Goldilocks of SUVs ñ not too big, not too small ñ and, with a light foot, you can see 60mpg on a long run. Heck, Iíve even started to embrace the carís ëdumbí cruise control when the motorways are quiet. It does a good job of smoothing out my occasionally ham-fisted throttle inputs without impacting fuel economy, and the column stalk is surprisingly intuitive.
And for a two-wheel drive ësoft roaderí, the 3008 has impressed over the wet and gloomy winter period. Standing water doesnít phase the carís chunky tyres and it feels stable in all but the strongest of crosswinds, which is reassuring given its high-sided stance. Refilling the carís screenwash reservoir has been an infrequent chore, a task made easier by the fact that only a modest amount of water is used to clean the screen. And, unlike some rival designs, the 3008ís reservoir bottle is easy to fill ñ trust me, this is important when itís a dark, cold morning. Still, a ëlow levelí warning would be nice so youíre not caught out on said dark, cold morning. Or maybe thatís just my punishment for being lazy.
Date arrived 4th May 2017
Fuel economy 65.7mpg (combined) 55.5mpg (on test)
The 3008’s funky rear lights look even better with a dusting of frost.
I’m learning to love the reversing camera, but it does get dirty easily.